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Wednesday, April 08, 2009


I rarely share "unfinished" images of our design around Westwinds. I'm a bit of a perfectionist. But, many of you have asked about the images we are painting around the auditorium as part of our new aesthetics change.

The word iconography literally means "image writing", and comes from the Greek εικον (image) and γραφειν (to write). We are painting some graffiti-like images of popular "scenes" surrounding the Good Friday and Easter stories--think stations of the cross meets 2nd Testament images of Father, Son, and Spirit. Much like stained glass and the screen, we are using art in this instance to tell the story.

The images are painted around the perimeter of the room. The room itself is not done yet but here is a sneak peek at the images. These images were drawn by two artists and made into stencils which were "tagged" on the walls.

Dear churches, if you want to be creative in your space, learn to paint the walls. All the time. New colors. New images. No committees. Give your artists the charge they are made to have.

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